Irish Research Council Scholar Niamh Kavanagh wins Rosse Medal at the 'Institute of Physics in Ireland' Spring Meeting

Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar Niamh Kavanagh, of the Tyndall Institute in Cork, won this year’s Rosse Medal at the Institute of Physics in Ireland’s Spring Meeting on 20 February 2016.

Niamh Kavanagh competed against 38 other entrants, six of which were chosen to give short presentations in the postgraduate poster competition during the day-long event in Belfast.

Niamh's presentation, entitled “Opening a new transmission window for telecommunications” was judged the best and she was presented her prize at an evening reception by the Institute of Physics' chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker.

The day also included talks on the search for gravitational waves, by Professor Mike Cruise of the University of Birmingham; the observation of quantum effects on a macroscopic scale by Professor Mauro Paternostro of Queen’s University Belfast; and general relativity and the big bang by Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh of Waterford Institute of Technology.

A brief summary of Niamh's research is detailed below:

'The ever-increasing volume of internet traffic is creating a strain on the current communications network. New types of hollow-core optical fibres could offer promising improvements. However, unlocking their potential involves shifting transmission from the conventional optical communications waveband (1.5um) to a longer wavelength (of 2um). As a part of my PhD project, I aim to demonstrate the viability of these fibres as a transmission medium, opening up a new telecommunications window at 2 microns and providing a potential alternative for the Internet of the future.'

See here for further details.